The choices we make are always going to have consequences. And its these choices that shape our food preferences and health.
Over the course of the last five years I have gradually been putting on weight and the weight gain has brought with it a myriad other problem. Low stamina, low energy, then low will power to work out and more weight gain.
So, I decided to get a grip and stop feeling sorry for myself. After a whole lot of research and tests, I scheduled a visit to the doctor. So, after her nod only, I attempted the keto diet.
After two months of struggle and denial of cravings, some I’ve managed to stave off by sheer will power and some by making alternative craving satisfiers, I’ve managed to get off a decent amount of weight. I will keep the keto diet on for at least another two months, till I get to my goal that I should be able to sustain.
One of the most essential survival foods during the last two months are these are these Pea Protein Choco Bites that I made. I made these the first time and realized I needed to tweak these a wee bit according to the nutritional requirements of a keto diet. So, I consulted with a nutritionist and brought them down to desired levels.
You don’t need to be on a keto diet or any specific diet to enjoy these protein balls. They are high protein and almost no sugar. The protein is super helpful in muscle building. Its the muscle that helps burn fat even when you are not working out.
So, the sugar spike will not really happen. Your cravings will be satisfied, the chocolate flavor makes these like a truffle. The peanut butter which helps to bind these balls, makes the balls taste like cookie dough without the raw taste. I also threw in a few dried rose petals…because that look super pretty.
Chia seeds help to absorb all the moisture and don’t stick to your teeth. They are really good in making you feel full. Coconut oil is the basic good fat that these balls need. The pistachio adds a great contrast to the taste. And the color adds a whole lot of beauty to these Choco bites. These are a great snack and satisfy your dessert cravings. Made with all the ingredients that are in your kitchen, just source the protein powder.
I used Erythritol instead of any other sweetener because its safe for keto and it has no after taste.
You can add sesame seeds as an addition, and roll the Choco bites in toasted sesame seeds. But I didn’t enjoy the combination of the two. For me sesame would have been fantastic with jaggery, not chocolate. But if you like the combination, go right ahead.
Chia seeds are high in omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, protein and also in a whole lot of fiber.
Almond flour is also high in both fat and protein. Loaded with protein, calcium and fiber, they also regulate cholesterol and BP and reduce heart disease risk. You can buy almond flour from a trusted source or make your own almond flour, by grinding almonds in a mixer. Just ensure you sift then to remove large pieces.
Nut butter is your choice. Use peanut or almond butter whichever you like. Melt the butter and coconut oil over a double boiler, to help mix well.
The coconut oil should be edible, if you don’t like the smell of coconut oil ,feel free to use ghee or clarified butter instead.
But the game changer is the small amount of pea protein that I sourced from Nutrova -simplifying good health. A perfect supplement your diet. I started drinking their Collagen +Antioxidants only after I started my keto diet. Its been amazing to my skin and hair, I wish I had known about collagen supplements earlier, my skin would’ve been so much better. I found this with them.
So glad I started now. So, if you’re trying to control your diet and loose weight or just keep yourself healthy, you need to try these Choco bites.
I got 16 balls from this portion and enjoy maybe one or two in a day. Not more, because each Choco bite has almost 70 calories with approximately 5 grams of fat.
Pea protein Choco Bites
½ cup almond flour
¼ cup peanut butter or any other nut butter
¼ cup chia seeds
1/8 cup cocoa powder- I used Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil or ghee
2 tbsp chopped pistachio
3 tbsp erythritol- grind in a mixer to get a powder
½ tsp salt
Toasted sesame seeds, coconut chips, chia seeds, rose petals to coat
In a large bowl place, the peanut butter and coconut oil and place it over a simmering saucepan and allow the fats to melt. Whisk together.
In another bowl mix the almond flour, salt, chia seeds, erythritol powder,1 tbsp pistachio, cocoa powder, pea protein powder and stir.
Mix the wet into the dry and bring the mix all together. Shape into balls. place whatever you want to coat your Choco bites with on a plate, and roll the balls in that.
That will coat your Choco bites. I didnt coat all the balls in pistachio, some I also coated with cocoa powder. Store the Choco bites in air tight container and stash in the fridge.
Make small portion sizes if you’re the only one who has to eat them.
I also discussed the nutritional value of the ingredients with my nutrionist and she gave me a go ahead to eat these during the keto diet. Again, do not have too many of these in one sitting-they are tasty enough to do that.
I found one protein ball with a glass of almond milk to be my perfect breakfast. Try these and let me know. Tag #baketitude and follow us on Instagram and like us on facebook . Share the love.
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